The Political Economy of Bad Data : Evidence from African Survey & Administrative Statistics

  title={The Political Economy of Bad Data : Evidence from African Survey & Administrative Statistics},
  author={Justin Sandefur and Amanda L. Glassman},
Administrative data across multiple African countries on health, education, agriculture, and poverty systematically exaggerate progress relative to independent surveys. We find evidence for two explanations for these discrepancies: political interference and weak state capacity. Evidence of political interference arises when aid donors pay for results (e.g., immunization rates across 41 countries) or statistics are politically salient (e.g., inflation in Cameroon). In contrast, central… CONTINUE READING

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